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What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “[For more new Advertisements, see the Fourth Page.]” The first page of the March 8, 1770, edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette consisted almost entirely of the masthead...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Mar 2020

Music of the Baroque Period

The Baroque era in music generally spans 1600 to 1750. Mistress of the Sun and The Shadow Queen fall in what is called the “High Baroque” period (1650-1700), when French music rose to one of the peaks of its own unique expressive...
From: Baroque Explorations on 17 Dec 2018

What do beignets, a film and The Shadow Queen have in common?

This is an exciting winter for me. Not only will I be giving a keynote at the San Miguel Writers Conference in February, but my novel The Shadow Queen has been chosen as “The Big Read.” What this means is that readers all over San Miguel will...
From: Baroque Explorations on 27 Nov 2018

The 7 best YA novels I’ve ever read (so far)

The seven YA novels below are ones that gripped me in special ways … gripped me and wouldn’t let me go. They’ve stayed with me in significant ways. I highly recommend them to Young Adults of all ages. :-) The Book Thief by Mark Zusak...
From: Baroque Explorations on 12 May 2018

A Question Readers Often Ask: What’s next?

Readers often ask, “What’s next?” The answer to that question depends on when the question is asked, of course. What follows is an evolving diary, begun many, many years ago. A reader wrote some time ago: Are you going to write more...
From: Baroque Explorations on 1 Apr 2018

Who is the Shadow Queen?

{Portrait of Claude des Oeillets} The main character of my novel The Shadow Queen is Claude des Oeillets (dit Claudette), an impoverished young woman from the world of the theater. Socially scorned and denounced by the church, she lives on the fringes...
From: Baroque Explorations on 31 Mar 2018

>>>Why the title THE SHADOW QUEEN?

A significant number of early reviewers of my new novel THE SHADOW QUEEN have expressed displeasure with the title; they feel it is misleading. They expected the novel to be the story of the Sun King’s official mistress, Athénaïs, Madame...
From: Baroque Explorations on 30 Mar 2018

The Game of Hope: Who is the girl on the cover?

The painting on the cover of The Game of Hope is by French artist Marie-Denise Villers. It is popularly known as “Young Woman Drawing,” and can be seen in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. The portrait is said to be...
From: Baroque Explorations on 30 Mar 2018

The Game of Hope: How to Play Prisoner’s Base

Prisoner’s Base is a very old running game that was popular at Malmaison, and continues to be played today, although likely called by a different name. We don’t know which exact rules were played at Malmaison, but here is one version: Divide...
From: Baroque Explorations on 30 Mar 2018

Subscribe to my newsletter and get a chance to win a book or an Audible edition of the Josephine B. Trilogy

I’ve a newsletter about to go out, and I want to remind my wonderful readers who aren’t on my newsletter mailing list that you’re missing a chance to win one of my books — or (for the first time!) win an Audible edition of the...
From: Baroque Explorations on 27 Feb 2018

Lady Jane Gerard ‘the most Ingenious and true vertuosa'

The Bodleian library has just announced the purchase of this letter sent by the enterprising Edward Millington to Lady Jane Gerard in 1673:http://blogs.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/archivesandmanuscripts/2017/06/01/edward-millington/I really haven't very much to...
From: Early Modern Whale on 5 Jun 2017

Four early modern books from the James Hardiman Library, NUI Galway – as seen at #recirc17

In the preceding post, Bronagh McShane discussed three early modern books from the Galway Dominican convent library, now preserved in the James Hardiman Library. This post discusses four additional books from the exhibition that we co-curated with Special...
From: RECIRC on 19 May 2017

Three seventeenth-century books from the Galway Dominican convent library collection

The library belonging to the Dominican convent at Taylor’s Hill in Galway was recently acquired by the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway. A substantial acquisition, consisting of over 150 books and volumes dating from the seventeenth, eighteenth,...
From: RECIRC on 4 May 2017

Seventeenth-Century Receptions of Lady Mary Carey

Lady Mary Carey (c. 1609-c. 1680) wrote verse and prose meditations. She was the daughter of Sir John Jackson of Berwick upon Tweed. Her first husband, Pelham Carey, was knighted in 1633 and died in 1642/3. In 1643 Mary Carey married the Parliamentarian...
From: RECIRC on 18 Apr 2017

Edward Phillips’s bio-bibliography of women in Theatrum Poetarum (1675)

Theatrum Poetarum (1675) is a bio-bibliography of classical, medieval, and early modern poets compiled by Edward Phillips and published by Charles Smith. Although the volume seems to have been printed only once, at least fifty copies are known to survive....
From: RECIRC on 2 Sep 2016

Manuscript Annotation and the digital humanities: The Archaeology of Reading

Up to this point, the RECIRC team have been gathering data; recording evidence of the reception of female authors and their works, whether books listed in early modern library catalogues, translation and commentary  in convent archives, compilation...
From: RECIRC on 29 Jul 2016

Attribution and reputation: the complexities of auction book catalogues

The issue of attribution in book catalogues is interesting not least because it compels historians to reflect more critically on the reputation both of the author and of his or her work. This can be particularly revealing when analysing works composed...
From: RECIRC on 20 May 2016

A Call for Critique

Bree Newsome taking down the Confederate Flag in Columbia, South Carolina. Image attribution: Bree Newsome.By Spencer Jackson, The University of Queensland The Centre for the History of Emotions at The University of Queensland is hosting a series of public...
From: Histories of Emotion on 19 May 2016

Why we’re glad Samuel Hartlib read other people’s mail

Those of us working with letters are keeping a sharp lookout for the reception and circulation of letters composed by women – things like annotations, forwarding, copies in handwriting other than the authors’ own, and printed editions of the...
From: RECIRC on 16 Mar 2016

Marks of ownership and access in early modern manuscripts

There are lots of ways to determine who might have owned an early modern book or manuscript, including handwriting evidence, bindings, marginalia, and so on. When we’re lucky, early owners and readers will have claimed their books with clear ownership...
From: RECIRC on 2 Mar 2016

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Notes on Post Tags Search

By default, this searches for any categories containing your search term: eg, Tudor will also find Tudors, Tudor History, etc. Check the 'exact' box to restrict searching to categories exactly matching your search. All searches are case-insensitive.

This is a search for tags/categories assigned to blog posts by their authors. The terminology used for post tags varies across different blog platforms, but WordPress tags and categories, Blogspot labels, and Tumblr tags are all included.

This search feature has a number of purposes:

1. to give site users improved access to the content EMC has been aggregating since August 2012, so they can look for bloggers posting on topics they're interested in, explore what's happening in the early modern blogosphere, and so on.

2. to facilitate and encourage the proactive use of post categories/tags by groups of bloggers with shared interests. All searches can be bookmarked for reference, making it possible to create useful resources of blogging about specific news, topics, conferences, etc, in a similar fashion to Twitter hashtags. Bloggers could agree on a shared tag for posts, or an event organiser could announce one in advance, as is often done with Twitter hashtags.

Caveats and Work in Progress

This does not search post content, and it will not find any informal keywords/hashtags within the body of posts.

If EMC doesn't find any <category> tags for a post in the RSS feed it is classified as uncategorized. These and any <category> 'uncategorized' from the feed are omitted from search results. (It should always be borne in mind that some bloggers never use any kind of category or tag at all.)

This will not be a 'real time' search, although EMC updates content every few hours so it's never very far behind events.

The search is at present quite basic and limited. I plan to add a number of more sophisticated features in the future including the ability to filter by blog tags and by dates. I may also introduce RSS feeds for search queries at some point.

Constructing Search Query URLs

If you'd like to use an event tag, it's possible to work out in advance what the URL will be, without needing to visit EMC and run the search manually (though you might be advised to check it works!). But you'll need to use URL encoding as appropriate for any spaces or punctuation in the tag (so it might be a good idea to avoid them).

This is the basic structure:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s={search term or phrase}

For example, the URL for a simple search for categories containing London:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=london

The URL for a search for the exact category Gunpowder Plot:

http://emc.historycarnival.org/searchcat?s=Gunpowder%20Plot&exact=on

In this more complex URL, %20 is the URL encoding for a space between words and &exact=on adds the exact category requirement.

I'll do my best to ensure that the basic URL construction (searchcat?s=...) is stable and persistent as long as the site is around.